Catching the light, the Dubai Moving Image Museum
Thousands of years ago man was already attempting to recreate movement through his art on the walls of caves, the Greeks had a basic understanding of optics and the Chinese experimented with shadows.
The museum will take you on a journey through the ages showing the development of visual entertainment all the way to the birth of the cinema.
30 years ago Akram Miknas bought his first optical toy, a Kinora, and this was the start of a collection covering 200 years and more of what we know as optical toys or precinema.
Having built a collection of too many objects to count Akram Miknas decided that the time had come to open a Museum and so in May he persuaded me to visit him and have a look at what he had, was there enough for a museum? Well I tell you there was enough for several museums…
His next question was did I want to help him realise this dream? This was an offer to be involved in the most exciting project I have ever been involved in, what could I say? Wow yes!!
Deadline December 2012… and incredibly thanks to his enthusiasm and energy we are getting there!
I will not go through all we had to do but I will update you regularly on our progress, I am off to Dubai on Thursday and I will post from there next.